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Jan. 8, 2005: CulturePulp ends up onstage during a Gallagher concert. And he's holding the melon-smashing hammer.

Endnotes and Digressions:

1. Colors for this installment by Chad Essley.

2. Gallagher has an official Web site, aptly named GallagherSmash.com. In early 2005, it was home to videos, "Gallagear" (which included a collection of men's boxer briefs turned into women's shirts), fan mail and a cartoon of Gallagher rendered as Leonardo Da Vinci. You can also learn quite a bit about the comedian via his Wikipedia entry.

3. One of the most interesting things on the 2005 site was a little subsection devoted to complaints about Gallagher's last-place rating on Comedy Central's list of the "100 Greatest Stand-Ups." Careful Oregonian readers may remember Gallagher's memorable ranting about this very subject in a January '05 interview -- he said his 100th-place ranking "stunk," but only said this after appraising Michael Keaton's stand-up as "terrible," David Letterman's as "terrible," Tom Hanks' as "terrible," and, just to mix it up, Jim Carrey's as "embarrassing" and Robin Williams' as "C-level" (and, to hear Gallagher tell it, full of stolen jokes).

4. There's also a fascinating footnote in the story of Gallagher's younger brother Ron -- who for a period in the '90s did a copycat act where he performed much of the same material and billed himself as "Gallagher Too, The Living Sequel." In the FAQ section of GallagherSmash.com, this intriguing saga is addressed, in its entirety, as follows: "[Ron] used to do an impersonation of Gallagher but is no longer allowed to."

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